Product recalls happen with some frequency, and not all products that are subject to recalls pose serious risks to consumers. For example, in some cases, product recalls occur when a consumer item is mislabeled, but there is a very low risk of harm to anyone using that product. At the same time, however, many product recalls do occur because of a serious safety hazard associated with a particular product. According to a recent report from ABC News, several children’s products were recently recalled due to the risk of serious injury. The following are details about those product recalls and what you need to know about product liability lawsuits more generally.
Recent Weeks See Several Product for Kids Recalled
Many parents know that Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play inclined infant sleepers have been subject to a large-scale recall because of the design flaws in this product. To be sure, several infants have died as a result of using the product, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has emphasized the importance of avoiding use of these products.
When the Fisher-Price recall occurred, not all companies making inclined sleepers had yet joined the recall. Recently, Dorel Juvenile Group USA joined the manufacturers of inclined sleepers models and recalled its product. While Fisher-Price sold the highest number of dangerous inclined sleepers, Dorel sold only 24,000. However, as the report notes, “when you add that to other recent sleeper recalls, the total number climbs into the millions.” To compensate parents who purchased the product, Dorel is issuing a $60 refund.
But infant sleepers are not the only recently recalled products for children. About 23,000 Super Jumper trampolines were also recalled because “the welds on the metal legs can fail, posing a fall and injury hazard.” The trampolines are 14-feet models, and they were sold at a variety of retailers including Wayfair, Amazon, and Overstock. They have been on the market for approximately eight years and ranged in cost from $200 to $400. Anyone who owns one of these trampolines should contact the company about obtaining a repair kit.
And finally, August saw the recall of thousands of infant sock and wrist rattle sets. The manufacturer, London Bridge, recalled the products after learning that rattles sewn into the products could detach and pose a choking risk to infants. Parents who own one of the London Bridge sock and wrist rattle sets should stop using the product immediately and contact the company for a refund.
What Should You Know About Filing a Product Liability Lawsuit?
If you or your child suffered injuries as a result of a dangerous product, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit. In general, product liability lawsuits fall into one of three categories, according to the Cornell Legal Information Institute (LII):
- Design defect cases, where there is a defect in the design of the product (before it reaches the stage of manufacture);
- Manufacturing defect cases, where the defect occurs while the product is being made; and
- Marketing defect cases, where there is something wrong with how the product was marketed, or there was a failure to properly warn consumers about risks posed by the use of the product.
Contact a West Palm Beach Product Liability Lawyer
If you need assistance filing a product liability claim, an experienced West Palm Beach product liability attorney can get started on your case today. Contact Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith PLLC for more information about how we can help with your case.